Nov 12, 2019
Al Baxter
Parramatta Stadium

Alistair Baxter

Bankwest (Western Sydney) Stadium

Alistair Baxter is a Principal and practicing registered Architect with Populous, Sydney, a global architecture and design practice specialising in sports stadiums and events and elite sports training facilities both in Australia and Asia. Alastair is an Australian retired rugby union player having  played his entire professional career with the Waratahs in Super Rugby.

Alistair graduated from the University of Sydney in 2001 with both the Sir John Sulman and Sunlord Perpetual awards for design, and he began working for as an architect on a part-time basis whilst playing professional rugby. On completion of his rugby career in 2011, he became registered as an architect and moved back full-time specialising in sports, convention + exhibition and master planning projects both in Australia and South East Asia. Some projects of note that he has been involved in are:
- The SCG Northern Stand, Sydney
- The Indonesian International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jakarta
- The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Domain Master Plan, Sydney
- Khalifar Stadium, Qatar
- Western Sydney Stadium
- NSWRL Centre of Excellence
- RAS Master Plan

From 1999 - 2011 He was  a professional rugby union player having played 69 tests for the Wallabies including playing in the 2003 (final loss to England), and  the 2007  Rugby World Cups. He played 120 Super Rugby games for the Waratahs, including  2 Super Rugby grand finals.

He's also been the Vice President of NSWRU and sits on the Waratah Rugby High Performance Committee and Sydney Living Museum (Historic Houses Trust of NSW) Heritage & Collections Advisory Committee. He have previously served as a director on the NSW Rugby Union, the SLM Trust and Rugby Union Players Association boards and as a principal of the Sustainable Forward Consulting Group. Alistair graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2011.
The Bankwest stadium, also known by its non-commercial name of Western Sydney stadium, officially opened in April 2019. It is owned by the NSW Government, designed by Populous Architects and built by Lendlease with a build cost of $360 million. Bankwest Stadium is a 30,000-capacity rectangular stadium located on the site of the old Parramatta Stadium.